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Students Have an “Alternate Understanding” of the First Amendment

Threats to Campus Free Speech

Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst argues that students increasingly believe in the “right to non-offensive speech.”
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To Tweet Or Not To Tweet

First Amendment Center legal intern Melemaikalani Moniz lays out what government employees can and can’t post on social media.
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When it comes to our freedoms, is a C+ grade good enough?

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In a report card issued by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, the First Amendment gets a barely passing grade.
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Free Speech Isn’t Always Valuable. That’s Not the Point.

Speech Religion Newseum

We shouldn’t think about free expression in terms of value. What’s important is that free expression rights are indivisible.
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Justice Sotomayor Expresses Concern Over Court’s True Threat Jurisprudence

What level of intent makes someone’s words a true threat? She thinks the Supreme Court should clarify.
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Federal Appeals Court: Artistic Expression Can’t Be Used to Punish Defendant

The court held that a defendant’s musical lyrics, which referenced violence and drugs, could not be used as objective evidence of his motive for unlawfully possessing a machine gun.
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Sexually Explicit Picture Not Fighting Words, Rules Colorado Appeals Court

The court found that a 14-year-old did not commit disorderly conduct because the explicit picture he drew was protected by the First Amendment.
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First Amendment Freedoms Need “Breathing Space”

First Amendment Scholar David L. Hudson discusses the concept of protecting questionable speech in order to provide “breathing space” for other expression.
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Federal Appeals Court Upholds South Carolina Anti-Profanity Law

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You better not curse within hearing distance of a church or school in South Carolina.   That’s because the state has a law that specifically bans such profanity.  Krystal Johnson challenged
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Georgia High Court Invalidates Law Prohibiting the Insulting of School Officials

A Georgia law prohibiting any non-student from upbraiding, insulting, or abusing a public school official in the presence of a minor infringes on too much protected speech, the Georgia Supreme
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